Illinois Statehouse News examines the Green Party’s ‘get out the vote’ strategy

The article comments on both the Green Party’s and the Tea Party’s strategies, although the Tea Party is not an actual political party.  It strangely leaves out the Libertarian Party, even though they ARE a party on the ballot in Illinois this year.  From TheTelegraph.com:

The Green Party, which put itself on equal footing with Republicans and Democrats four years ago, acknowledges that it cannot keep up with the two major parties in terms of spending or local organizations.

Still, Phil Huckelberry, the Greens’ Illinois chairman, said the state party is doing what it can to try to target their voters and get supporters to cast a ballot.

“We’re rolling over to using a lot more in the way of social media, trying to run people through websites, trying to boost a lot of attention that way,” he said. “Our opponents are going to have a lot of money; they’re going to have lot of commercials running. We’re not going to have a lot of commercials running.”

Huckelberry said because the Green Party cannot buy a presence on television across the state, it has switched to a local-first strategy.

“When and where we have a really strong local candidate, we are trying to put a lot of our energy and focus around that candidate,” he said. “Because that’s a magnet to get people out on Election Day, that’s a magnet to get people to knock on doors.”

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is trailing the GOP’s Bill Brady and incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in every statewide poll. Huckelberry said it’s often easier to get volunteers to support Whitney’s campaign if the local candidate is strong.

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